Friday, September 30, 2011

Bargains! Opportunities to Create!

Do you find yourself drawn to thrift shops, second hand stores, recycle shops, antique shops and estate sales?  No matter how I try to avoid them, an invisible magnate pulls.  Why do I try to avoid them?  Well, there are so many possibilities for all the things I see.  And I tend to keep things until I’m inspired to use them.  That means there are boxes under beds, in closets, and stacked in corners waiting …waiting … waiting! 
One of my goals for this next year is to make a glorious piece of jewelry once a month that uses one of the treasures I’ve found; something that creates a story and connects the now with the past. 
Being in a new town, Prescott, with so many intriguing places to explore is similar to being in Wonderland.  Looking in, around and under the items encourages me to make up stories about who made something, what the owners lives were like, and inspires me to combine the old with the new.  I’m sharing a few of the pieces I’ve made and will share more in the future.
A friend took me to NOAH’s where I found a necklace with the most amazing butterfly.  I had to have it!  Later that week, I took the original necklace apart and kept the butterfly.  Several weeks later, I used it in this necklace.  The backing is copper sheet metal, cut and filed, with a sterling silver bezel, and brass filigree soldered on the edges.  A copy of an original painting is inside the bezel under a dome of ice resin.  I placed a green Swarovski crystal beside the word ‘LOVE’ and below it the words, ‘that is the secret’.  My butterfly hanging below brings special meaning to this pendant.

Several years ago I collected hat pins and have decided to sell them in my etsy store www.etsy.com/shop/brittdesign.  This lovely 1920’s black beaded hat pin was broken and could not be repaired to keep its value as a hatpin so I decided to remove the original wire pin, glue the pieces together, replace the wire and make an extraordinary necklace.  I combined it with crystals and it hangs on a black cord. The original beading is intact and I can just imagine where this hat pin was seen!
Unusual and vintage jewelry combined with today’s components is a wonderful way to appreciate our history and see its impact on our lives.  



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Perching Birds Came to Visit

The weather is cooling off and the bird activity is heating up!  More birds are coming to the feeder and luckily we have black sunflower seeds ready!  I want to share today’s birds with you. 
Two Mountain Chickadees came to visit today and since we have not seen them for quite a while, I was excited!   They have white eyebrows which differentiates them from other chickadees.  I love to look for those field marks and they are very handsome!  Remember, the details make the difference!  These birds are tiny and flit through the high branches of our pine trees looking for seeds from cones.  They often hang upside down to gather insects and seeds – very acrobatic!  This winter they may also eat suet and peanut butter so I’m getting ready.  It is very funny to watch them shell a sunflower seed.  They usually hold it between their feet and hammer it apart with their beak! 
Not to be outdone, the White Breasted Nuthatch also visited.  Talk about handsome with the sun hitting his white breast and face.  It reminded me of a starched white shirt under a man’s black tuxedo.  And of course his black cap just added to the image.  He also has some gray – blue on his back and sides.  They move down the trees at odd angles looking for insects.  They eat the same food as the chickadee so I better stock up.  They get their name from the way they jam large nuts and acorns into tree bark.  Then they hit them with their bill to ‘hatch’ out the seed.  I would love to see their courtship some day.  The male is supposed to bow to the female, spread his tail and lower his wings as he sways back and forth.  Can’t you just picture that?
The third bird in this family that visited was the Bridled Titmouse.  There is just something about that name that makes me smile.  He has a black bordered gray crest, black eye stripes, white face and a black bib – very proper looking!  A group of titmice is called a ‘banditry’ (good to know for those bridal and baby shower games!)   These birds eat insects (love those caterpillars) as well as seeds. 
These birds are all about the same size, from the same group of Passerines or perching birds.  They are very different when you really look at them.  I think I will have to carve them out of my silver clay one day soon! 




Friday, September 23, 2011

Fallen Leaves – Inspiration for a Fall Necklace

Who isn’t drawn to fall leaves?  Colors changing, shapes drying, and there is a certain fragrance in the air.  As a kid, I remember jumping into a huge pile of leaves enjoying that crunching sound they made.  So when I walked along our sidewalk and looked right at a group of dried leaves hanging on the tree, I had to pick them.  They were perfectly grouped and hung together gracefully.  What a lovely necklace they would make!
The stages of a leaf
Studying the leaves, I noticed the variation in sizes and the variation in twists and turns.  I noticed the way they were attached to the center stem.  They sat on my desk for a couple of weeks and I would pick them up and look carefully at them trying to decide the best way to create them in copper.  Finally I made patterns of 3 sizes of leaves.  I cut them out of a copper sheet. Then I experimented with annealing (running the copper through a torch flame until the metal was cherry red and cooling them in water) and I loved the resulting color. 
I filed, sanded and drilled the hole for attachment.  But how was I going to get the center crease and side lines?  One day I was reading a post on www.ganoskin.com  a site about jewelry manufacturing and techniques and realized I could use the ‘fold forming’ method.  The article was very helpful and I managed to get the look I wanted. 



The leaves were finished and after looking again at how nature’s leaves were attached to the stem, I formed a center wire ‘tree’ with loops.  I attached each copper leaf to its own loop leaving the larger leaves at the top of the tree. 



Then I made the wire wrapped bail and put the group on a copper chain.  They dangle and make a tinkling sound when I move.  It is so much fun to wear and have people stop, look and listen!







Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nature Through My Eyes - Bobcats!

I miss my Bobcats!  After living in Tucson AZ for 25 years, Bobcats were just part of my yard.  A wash (slightly depressed path where water ran when it rained very hard) ran behind my house with no fencing and was a corridor for a lot of wildlife. 
On hot summer days just after I watered down the flagstone patio, a mother Bobcat would bring her cubs and cool off.  Somedays, she would come to drink from the small pools in the stone and stretch out by the back steps.  I loved watching from inside my enclosed Arizona room while I created jewelry.  These are wild animals that seldom bother humans and in Arizona we’ve learned to coexist! 

 





 
Bobcats are found at all elevations, especially in rimrock and chaparral areas, and in the outskirts of urban areas where food is generally available.  My house was in the Catalina foothills and a perfect place for them to visit. 
*       They can jump 12 ft. high and are often heard walking on the flat rooftops of the houses or curled up under a tree in the Southwest.  They feed on small mammals and birds including domestic birds and rabbits. And they eat lizards, snakes, and small pets, including house cats.   Living in the desert among wildlife means being responsible for house pets.  Domestic birds, dogs, and cats need to be kept inside the house if they don’t want to become possible food!  Bobcats are not considered a threat to humans.  They are graceful creatures with their rich tan coats and dark spots.   
The End....well really The Side! 
Just had to include this picture!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Journey into Victorian Style Ribbon Flowers

When something piques my interest, I seem to dive right in.  What? Me try to do just one and see if I like it?  Oh not me! Exploring in depth is more my style. 
I love vintage hats, hatpins, perfume bottles and ribbon flowers.  My mother-in-law gave me some very old family heirlooms – tiny ribbon flowers.  I treasure them.  So when my friend, Jay, asked me to go to a class with her and learn to make ribbon flowers, I just had to do it.  Jay is an accessorizer extraordinaire - http://www.plant-effects.com .   The class was held at http://www.askrenandsons.com a floral warehouse business in Tucson and I came home with lots of gorgeous silk wired ribbon.  I had such a good time with Kathy Askren (instructor) that I bought several books and kept learning different techniques.  After several months, I also had lots of flowers! 
They were used on beautiful packages as part of the ribbons and worn on dresses and coats.  They went on hats and in hair and I made a spectacular floral arrangement. 
A little more than a year ago, we moved to Prescott AZ and people are finding out about my various artistic tangents and talents.   October 22nd I will be teaching a ‘wild rose’ ribbon flower class at Bead-It. 

I’m also selling some of my creations this Saturday (Sept 17) at Hidden Valley HOA Saturday Holiday Sale (Haisley and Senator Hiway).  Bring a friend and come  from11 a.m. – 5 p.m.!  (I take credit cards too.)  Or look at my etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/brittdesigntoo and see some the handmade items.  Great for holiday gifts!










Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Nature Through My Eyes - Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are the tiniest of birds and one of the most fascinating species.  Everywhere I’ve lived, I’ve been able to watch these birds at feeders, hover in the air, get the nectar from bell shaped flowers and flash their colors in the sun.  I love to capture their image in my jewelry and I just found out that they sing with their tail feathers! http://newyork.ibtimes.com/articles/211694/20110910/hummingbird-sing-feather-flutter-sound-male.htm 
We have seen several Rufous hummingbirds on their migration flight this summer.  Currently an Anna’s hummingbird has staked out his territory at our feeder.  He buzzes any other hummer who even thinks about getting a drink!
Peter and I went to Ecuador a couple of years ago and being avid birders we looked for hummingbirds.  I had no idea how many different ones exist.  There are over 300 different species and Ecuador has the most!   The variety of details in their feathers, shapes and colors can be overwhelming.  
We were standing on the very large deck of our accommodations in Tandayapa. There were at least two dozen hummingbird feeders tucked in trees and on posts.  The singing was deafening. 

All at once, one of these lovely creatures flew into the glass patio door and knocked itself out.  Our guide carefully picked it up and held it in his hand as the host went to get sugar water.  Gently the guide dripped the sugar water into the bird’s mouth and about 15 minutes later the bird ‘came to’ and flew away.  That was one of the most amazing experiences of the trip. 

 While that was going on, the ‘booted Racket-tailed’ hummingbird landed on a feeder and his white ‘boots’ fluffed out around his feet. 





And I’m surprised that the long tailed hummingbird has any tail feathers.  They are very long and beautiful and seem like they would get caught often.  Apparently not!   



Hummingbirds encourage me to pay attention to the details, the colors, the intent, and the need to relax.  They spend most of their lives perching!


If you are interested in lots of facts and information about hummingbirds, this is a great site!  http://www.worldofhummingbirds.com/facts.php






Friday, September 9, 2011

Nature Through My Eyes

There are so many amazing things in nature that we seldom really pay attention to and I’ve decided to highlight one each Tuesday.  Please let me know if you enjoy this kind of post! 
While going through my photographs today, I stopped at my folder of dragonflies and damselflies.  They fascinate me with their fast wings that are so sheer.  There are so many kinds and so many colors.  And even though the general shape is the same, there are many differences. 
Dragonflies have multi-faceted eyes and two sets of wings with an elongated body.  They hold their wings away from and perpendicular to their bodies when they are resting.
Damselflies (doesn’t that remind you of fairy tales?) hold their wings close to their bodies when at rest and they are generally smaller than dragonflies.  Another difference is in the eyes.  The damselfly eyes are set apart and the dragonfly eyes touch.  Who would have thought you had to look that closely to see the difference?

Gray Sanddragon



Blue-eyed Darner

When I reviewed the history of the dragonfly, I was surprised by the diversity that various cultures attached to this insect.  Many European cultures thought they were instruments of the devil – weighing people’s soul (Swedish), a Devil’s Darning Needle (English), and Eye Snatcher (Portuguese).  For the Navajo the dragonfly symbolizes pure water.  For the Japanese they represent courage, strength and happiness.  And if you are a dragonfly and damselfly watcher, you are ‘oding’ – similar to birding!
I’ve taken pictures of these beautiful creatures everywhere I have visited and I thought you might enjoy seeing them.  And there are so many more for me to see and photograph!
Widow Skimmer


Blue Dasher




Flame Skimmer

Roseate Skimmer




Mexican Amberwing



Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Art of Presentation

I’m getting ready to participate in my first Holiday Sale!  Our homeowner’s association is having a one day holiday sale (September 17).  I will have a table to display my creations of jewelry, silk flowers and blank cards with my photos.  And I’m wondering how to present these items to the best advantage.  Displaying my products in a way that attracts buyers has me thinking about the art of presentation.
How things look and are presented can mean success or not!  I remember my mother telling me that it was very important to set a pretty table.  If the presentation for the food was inviting, the food and the conversation would be better.  If it looked like dinner was planned, Dad would not mind waiting for it!  So now, even with pizza, I set the table with candlelight and napkins. 
A Ladies Afternoon Tea
Such fun to make this presentation and then eat it!!

When I taught, I wanted my students to listen.  Junior high and high school students are a tough crowd and the presentation had to be good if I wanted to avoid chaos! 
When I designed interiors of homes, my presentations had to be thorough and detailed.  They had to create an image that met my client’s expectations.  When I grouped collections, there needed to be a story about the pieces. 
Capturing an Idea for a Client Presentation


As I decide on the presentation of my earrings and necklaces, my flowers and cards, I will be thinking how someone will want to see them, try them on, see themselves.  I’ve started a list, start gathering props.  I also just got ‘the Square’ and now I can take credit cards.  Professional! 
As I think about it, there really isn’t anything we do that does not involve presentation – the sharing of our homes and food, our collections, our ideas, and ourselves. 


         



                                    




Friday, September 30, 2011

Bargains! Opportunities to Create!

Do you find yourself drawn to thrift shops, second hand stores, recycle shops, antique shops and estate sales?  No matter how I try to avoid them, an invisible magnate pulls.  Why do I try to avoid them?  Well, there are so many possibilities for all the things I see.  And I tend to keep things until I’m inspired to use them.  That means there are boxes under beds, in closets, and stacked in corners waiting …waiting … waiting! 
One of my goals for this next year is to make a glorious piece of jewelry once a month that uses one of the treasures I’ve found; something that creates a story and connects the now with the past. 
Being in a new town, Prescott, with so many intriguing places to explore is similar to being in Wonderland.  Looking in, around and under the items encourages me to make up stories about who made something, what the owners lives were like, and inspires me to combine the old with the new.  I’m sharing a few of the pieces I’ve made and will share more in the future.
A friend took me to NOAH’s where I found a necklace with the most amazing butterfly.  I had to have it!  Later that week, I took the original necklace apart and kept the butterfly.  Several weeks later, I used it in this necklace.  The backing is copper sheet metal, cut and filed, with a sterling silver bezel, and brass filigree soldered on the edges.  A copy of an original painting is inside the bezel under a dome of ice resin.  I placed a green Swarovski crystal beside the word ‘LOVE’ and below it the words, ‘that is the secret’.  My butterfly hanging below brings special meaning to this pendant.

Several years ago I collected hat pins and have decided to sell them in my etsy store www.etsy.com/shop/brittdesign.  This lovely 1920’s black beaded hat pin was broken and could not be repaired to keep its value as a hatpin so I decided to remove the original wire pin, glue the pieces together, replace the wire and make an extraordinary necklace.  I combined it with crystals and it hangs on a black cord. The original beading is intact and I can just imagine where this hat pin was seen!
Unusual and vintage jewelry combined with today’s components is a wonderful way to appreciate our history and see its impact on our lives.  



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Perching Birds Came to Visit

The weather is cooling off and the bird activity is heating up!  More birds are coming to the feeder and luckily we have black sunflower seeds ready!  I want to share today’s birds with you. 
Two Mountain Chickadees came to visit today and since we have not seen them for quite a while, I was excited!   They have white eyebrows which differentiates them from other chickadees.  I love to look for those field marks and they are very handsome!  Remember, the details make the difference!  These birds are tiny and flit through the high branches of our pine trees looking for seeds from cones.  They often hang upside down to gather insects and seeds – very acrobatic!  This winter they may also eat suet and peanut butter so I’m getting ready.  It is very funny to watch them shell a sunflower seed.  They usually hold it between their feet and hammer it apart with their beak! 
Not to be outdone, the White Breasted Nuthatch also visited.  Talk about handsome with the sun hitting his white breast and face.  It reminded me of a starched white shirt under a man’s black tuxedo.  And of course his black cap just added to the image.  He also has some gray – blue on his back and sides.  They move down the trees at odd angles looking for insects.  They eat the same food as the chickadee so I better stock up.  They get their name from the way they jam large nuts and acorns into tree bark.  Then they hit them with their bill to ‘hatch’ out the seed.  I would love to see their courtship some day.  The male is supposed to bow to the female, spread his tail and lower his wings as he sways back and forth.  Can’t you just picture that?
The third bird in this family that visited was the Bridled Titmouse.  There is just something about that name that makes me smile.  He has a black bordered gray crest, black eye stripes, white face and a black bib – very proper looking!  A group of titmice is called a ‘banditry’ (good to know for those bridal and baby shower games!)   These birds eat insects (love those caterpillars) as well as seeds. 
These birds are all about the same size, from the same group of Passerines or perching birds.  They are very different when you really look at them.  I think I will have to carve them out of my silver clay one day soon! 




Friday, September 23, 2011

Fallen Leaves – Inspiration for a Fall Necklace

Who isn’t drawn to fall leaves?  Colors changing, shapes drying, and there is a certain fragrance in the air.  As a kid, I remember jumping into a huge pile of leaves enjoying that crunching sound they made.  So when I walked along our sidewalk and looked right at a group of dried leaves hanging on the tree, I had to pick them.  They were perfectly grouped and hung together gracefully.  What a lovely necklace they would make!
The stages of a leaf
Studying the leaves, I noticed the variation in sizes and the variation in twists and turns.  I noticed the way they were attached to the center stem.  They sat on my desk for a couple of weeks and I would pick them up and look carefully at them trying to decide the best way to create them in copper.  Finally I made patterns of 3 sizes of leaves.  I cut them out of a copper sheet. Then I experimented with annealing (running the copper through a torch flame until the metal was cherry red and cooling them in water) and I loved the resulting color. 
I filed, sanded and drilled the hole for attachment.  But how was I going to get the center crease and side lines?  One day I was reading a post on www.ganoskin.com  a site about jewelry manufacturing and techniques and realized I could use the ‘fold forming’ method.  The article was very helpful and I managed to get the look I wanted. 



The leaves were finished and after looking again at how nature’s leaves were attached to the stem, I formed a center wire ‘tree’ with loops.  I attached each copper leaf to its own loop leaving the larger leaves at the top of the tree. 



Then I made the wire wrapped bail and put the group on a copper chain.  They dangle and make a tinkling sound when I move.  It is so much fun to wear and have people stop, look and listen!







Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nature Through My Eyes - Bobcats!

I miss my Bobcats!  After living in Tucson AZ for 25 years, Bobcats were just part of my yard.  A wash (slightly depressed path where water ran when it rained very hard) ran behind my house with no fencing and was a corridor for a lot of wildlife. 
On hot summer days just after I watered down the flagstone patio, a mother Bobcat would bring her cubs and cool off.  Somedays, she would come to drink from the small pools in the stone and stretch out by the back steps.  I loved watching from inside my enclosed Arizona room while I created jewelry.  These are wild animals that seldom bother humans and in Arizona we’ve learned to coexist! 

 





 
Bobcats are found at all elevations, especially in rimrock and chaparral areas, and in the outskirts of urban areas where food is generally available.  My house was in the Catalina foothills and a perfect place for them to visit. 
*       They can jump 12 ft. high and are often heard walking on the flat rooftops of the houses or curled up under a tree in the Southwest.  They feed on small mammals and birds including domestic birds and rabbits. And they eat lizards, snakes, and small pets, including house cats.   Living in the desert among wildlife means being responsible for house pets.  Domestic birds, dogs, and cats need to be kept inside the house if they don’t want to become possible food!  Bobcats are not considered a threat to humans.  They are graceful creatures with their rich tan coats and dark spots.   
The End....well really The Side! 
Just had to include this picture!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Journey into Victorian Style Ribbon Flowers

When something piques my interest, I seem to dive right in.  What? Me try to do just one and see if I like it?  Oh not me! Exploring in depth is more my style. 
I love vintage hats, hatpins, perfume bottles and ribbon flowers.  My mother-in-law gave me some very old family heirlooms – tiny ribbon flowers.  I treasure them.  So when my friend, Jay, asked me to go to a class with her and learn to make ribbon flowers, I just had to do it.  Jay is an accessorizer extraordinaire - http://www.plant-effects.com .   The class was held at http://www.askrenandsons.com a floral warehouse business in Tucson and I came home with lots of gorgeous silk wired ribbon.  I had such a good time with Kathy Askren (instructor) that I bought several books and kept learning different techniques.  After several months, I also had lots of flowers! 
They were used on beautiful packages as part of the ribbons and worn on dresses and coats.  They went on hats and in hair and I made a spectacular floral arrangement. 
A little more than a year ago, we moved to Prescott AZ and people are finding out about my various artistic tangents and talents.   October 22nd I will be teaching a ‘wild rose’ ribbon flower class at Bead-It. 

I’m also selling some of my creations this Saturday (Sept 17) at Hidden Valley HOA Saturday Holiday Sale (Haisley and Senator Hiway).  Bring a friend and come  from11 a.m. – 5 p.m.!  (I take credit cards too.)  Or look at my etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/brittdesigntoo and see some the handmade items.  Great for holiday gifts!










Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Nature Through My Eyes - Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are the tiniest of birds and one of the most fascinating species.  Everywhere I’ve lived, I’ve been able to watch these birds at feeders, hover in the air, get the nectar from bell shaped flowers and flash their colors in the sun.  I love to capture their image in my jewelry and I just found out that they sing with their tail feathers! http://newyork.ibtimes.com/articles/211694/20110910/hummingbird-sing-feather-flutter-sound-male.htm 
We have seen several Rufous hummingbirds on their migration flight this summer.  Currently an Anna’s hummingbird has staked out his territory at our feeder.  He buzzes any other hummer who even thinks about getting a drink!
Peter and I went to Ecuador a couple of years ago and being avid birders we looked for hummingbirds.  I had no idea how many different ones exist.  There are over 300 different species and Ecuador has the most!   The variety of details in their feathers, shapes and colors can be overwhelming.  
We were standing on the very large deck of our accommodations in Tandayapa. There were at least two dozen hummingbird feeders tucked in trees and on posts.  The singing was deafening. 

All at once, one of these lovely creatures flew into the glass patio door and knocked itself out.  Our guide carefully picked it up and held it in his hand as the host went to get sugar water.  Gently the guide dripped the sugar water into the bird’s mouth and about 15 minutes later the bird ‘came to’ and flew away.  That was one of the most amazing experiences of the trip. 

 While that was going on, the ‘booted Racket-tailed’ hummingbird landed on a feeder and his white ‘boots’ fluffed out around his feet. 





And I’m surprised that the long tailed hummingbird has any tail feathers.  They are very long and beautiful and seem like they would get caught often.  Apparently not!   



Hummingbirds encourage me to pay attention to the details, the colors, the intent, and the need to relax.  They spend most of their lives perching!


If you are interested in lots of facts and information about hummingbirds, this is a great site!  http://www.worldofhummingbirds.com/facts.php






Friday, September 9, 2011

Nature Through My Eyes

There are so many amazing things in nature that we seldom really pay attention to and I’ve decided to highlight one each Tuesday.  Please let me know if you enjoy this kind of post! 
While going through my photographs today, I stopped at my folder of dragonflies and damselflies.  They fascinate me with their fast wings that are so sheer.  There are so many kinds and so many colors.  And even though the general shape is the same, there are many differences. 
Dragonflies have multi-faceted eyes and two sets of wings with an elongated body.  They hold their wings away from and perpendicular to their bodies when they are resting.
Damselflies (doesn’t that remind you of fairy tales?) hold their wings close to their bodies when at rest and they are generally smaller than dragonflies.  Another difference is in the eyes.  The damselfly eyes are set apart and the dragonfly eyes touch.  Who would have thought you had to look that closely to see the difference?

Gray Sanddragon



Blue-eyed Darner

When I reviewed the history of the dragonfly, I was surprised by the diversity that various cultures attached to this insect.  Many European cultures thought they were instruments of the devil – weighing people’s soul (Swedish), a Devil’s Darning Needle (English), and Eye Snatcher (Portuguese).  For the Navajo the dragonfly symbolizes pure water.  For the Japanese they represent courage, strength and happiness.  And if you are a dragonfly and damselfly watcher, you are ‘oding’ – similar to birding!
I’ve taken pictures of these beautiful creatures everywhere I have visited and I thought you might enjoy seeing them.  And there are so many more for me to see and photograph!
Widow Skimmer


Blue Dasher




Flame Skimmer

Roseate Skimmer




Mexican Amberwing



Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Art of Presentation

I’m getting ready to participate in my first Holiday Sale!  Our homeowner’s association is having a one day holiday sale (September 17).  I will have a table to display my creations of jewelry, silk flowers and blank cards with my photos.  And I’m wondering how to present these items to the best advantage.  Displaying my products in a way that attracts buyers has me thinking about the art of presentation.
How things look and are presented can mean success or not!  I remember my mother telling me that it was very important to set a pretty table.  If the presentation for the food was inviting, the food and the conversation would be better.  If it looked like dinner was planned, Dad would not mind waiting for it!  So now, even with pizza, I set the table with candlelight and napkins. 
A Ladies Afternoon Tea
Such fun to make this presentation and then eat it!!

When I taught, I wanted my students to listen.  Junior high and high school students are a tough crowd and the presentation had to be good if I wanted to avoid chaos! 
When I designed interiors of homes, my presentations had to be thorough and detailed.  They had to create an image that met my client’s expectations.  When I grouped collections, there needed to be a story about the pieces. 
Capturing an Idea for a Client Presentation


As I decide on the presentation of my earrings and necklaces, my flowers and cards, I will be thinking how someone will want to see them, try them on, see themselves.  I’ve started a list, start gathering props.  I also just got ‘the Square’ and now I can take credit cards.  Professional! 
As I think about it, there really isn’t anything we do that does not involve presentation – the sharing of our homes and food, our collections, our ideas, and ourselves.